Susan Studlar, Ph.D.
Plant biodiversity is one of humanity’s greatest resources. Dr. Studlar's courses (plant geography, plant diversity, and plant anatomy and development) focus on plant biodiversity from organismic, taxonomic, ecological, and geographic perspectives, with a strong emphasis on writing, hands-on laboratories, and field trips in the Core Arboretum.
Her main research interest is diversity and ecology of Appalachian bryophytes, including human impacts (trampling, moss harvest and rock climbing). She works intensively with undergraduate Herbarium Interns (Biology 491) and work-study students on curating and identifying bryophytes and lichens in our large, historic Bryophyte-Lichen Herbarium. Currently she is cooperating with an NSF-sponsored All-Volunteer Project to digitize our bryophytes and lichen collections (going back 100 years or more) so that these excellent ecological indicators can be used to assess climate change as part of the NSF Thematic Collections Network (TCN). My Herbarium Interns also co-lead my annual Moss, Fern, and Lichen Walk for the West Virginia Botanic Garden, and help me maintain the Biology Dept. Native Wildflower Garden.
- Studlar, Susan Moyle and JeriLynn E. Peck. 2009. Extensive green roofs and mosses: reflections from a pilot study in Terra Alta, West Virginia. Evansia 26 (2): 52-58.
- Peck. JeriLynn E. and Susan Moyle Studlar. 2008. Establishing international guidelines for the sustainable harvest of forest moss. Evansia 25 (3): 65-71.
- Studlar, Susan Moyle and JerLynn Peck. 2007. Commercial moss harvest in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia: Targetted Species and Incidental Take. Bryologist 110 (4): 752-765.
- Studlar, Susan Moyle and Elizabeth H. Byers. 2007. Splachnum ampullaceum Hedw. (Dung Moss): Second Report from the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. Evansia 24 (1): 10-14.
- Susan, Susan Moyle, Christopher Eddy, and James Spencer. 2007. Survival of four mosses from West Virginia after two hours in the stratosphere. Evansia 24 (1): 17-21.
- Studlar, Susan Moyle, Steven L. Stephenson, and Paul J. Harmon. 2002.
- Annotated Checklist of the Hornworts, Liverworts, and Mosses of West Virginia. Wildlife Resources Technical Documents 01-3. West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. Elkins, West Virginia.